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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Goldendale boys stage comeback but fall to Cougs


December 27, 2017

Jaryd Cline

Lyle-Wishram junior Kurtis Billette finishes alone at the basket during the team's win over Goldendale on Dec. 20.

The Lyle-Wishram Cougars know they can play right alongside the bigger teams in the area, proving it with last Wednesday's 62-56 win over the Timberwolves in Lyle.

The nonconference matchup between the Class 2B Cougars and the 1A Timberwolves was filled with big runs for both teams, with the Cougs holding off a late Goldendale rally after the Wolves had turned a 19 point game into a five point contest late in the fourth quarter.

"That's happened to us twice now," second-year Cougars head coach Josh Padgett said. "We've had big leads that kind of evaporated toward the end."

Prior to matching up with the Timberwolves, the Cougars already had competed twice with the Class 1A White Salmon Bruins. They ran all over the Bruins 68-49 during the first matchup on Dec. 1 but fell 66-60 to the Bruins on Dec. 12 in White Salmon.

Although Lyle-Wishram allowed the Wolves to get the game back within reach in the fourth quarter, it was too little too late for the Timberwolves, who had some late baskets and steals after putting on a full court press in the fourth.

"It's definitely encouraging," Padgett said. "That's what we want to see every game, improving. Just get better every day and I think we did that (last Wednesday.)"

The Timberwolves, who were playing without senior Alex Mains who has been nursing a sore shoulder, started quick, hit a road block in the second quarter, and finished strongly in the fourth despite coming up just short.

"I think we played three really good quarters and one where we didn't show up," first year Goldendale head coach David Stelljes said.

That quarter was the second, where the Wolves scored just four points and allowed the Cougars to jump in front 33-23 at the half. The Timberwolves outscored the Cougars by 12 throughout the three other quarters, but Lyle-Wishram's 22-4 advantage in the second was too much to overcome.

Starting the fourth quarter leading 51-38, the Cougs increased their lead to 19 at 59-40 after a few steals led to layins on the other side of the court.

Despite the big deficit, the road team didn't stop battling. Goldendale broke the press which resulted in a layin from senior Justin Wells, and senior Jacob Bischoff scored five straight to get within 12 at 59-47, forcing a Lyle-Wishram timeout.

The Cougs hit two free throws with just under four minutes to play and led 61-47, but scored just one the rest of the way.

With their press on, the Timberwolves now were making it tough on the Cougars to get the ball upcourt and run some clock off.

Bischoff scored off a layin, and immediately stole the inbound pass and put it in again to make it an eight-point game (61-53) in just a matter of seconds.

Senior William Finn knocked down two free throws and sophomore Cameron Mains converted one of two at the line that made it a 61-56 game with around a minute left.

The Timberwolves got the ball back with about 20 seconds left and a chance to make it a one score game, but a turnover gave it back to the Cougs.

Goldendale didn't score again, and the Cougs added one from the line for the six point win.

"We were right there," Stelljes said. "Five is just a couple stops.

"These guys have no quit in them which is great. It's really nice to work with guys that don't quit," he added.

After a hot start in the first quarter which saw the Timberwolves jump out to a 19-11 lead, they scored just four points in the second while giving up the lead and 22 points to the Cougars over the eight minutes.

Lyle-Wishram brought full court pressure after every made basket and gave the Wolves fits.

The Cougars were able to force a handful of Goldendale turnovers that resulted in easy looks at the basket. When they weren't able to get stops, they still tried to push the tempo and play their style of game.

"I think the fact of the matter is that we've just got to play our style and just keep playing our style," Padgett said. "I think we're just going to be better off with quick passes and keep attacking the rim."

After the 22 points in the second quarter, the Cougars came out hot again to start the third.

Junior Riley Mills lit it up with three straight 3-pointers to open the third, sending the team and crowd into a frenzy and putting the Cougs up 42-25 and forcing Goldendale to call time.

Cameron Mains and Finn knocked down back-to-back threes around the two-minute mark in the quarter that brought Goldendale within seven points, but Lyle-Wishram scored the final six points of the quarter and took a 51-38 lead into the fourth.

Box scores

Last Wednesday

Timberwolves 19 4 15 18 - 56

Cougars 11 22 18 11 - 62

Goldendale scoring: Bischoff 16, Doubravsky 11, Finn 8, Wells 8, Siebert 5, Cameron Mains 4, Bland 2, Kayser 2.

Lyle-Wishram scoring: Mills 18, Billette 11, DaSean Leslie 8, Jarren Leslie 7, Carlock 5, Montoya 4, McConville 4, Osterander 4, Hubbard 1.

The Cougars weren't done for the break after the Goldendale game though. They traveled to Stevenson for another nonconference contest, falling to the Bulldogs 99-73 after a tough first quarter.

The aggressive Bulldogs outscored the Cougars 21-8 over the first eight minutes. The Cougars, however, didn't have a problem scoring after the first though, combining for 50 points in the second and third quarters, trailing by just six entering the fourth.

Stevenson turned it up again in the fourth though and scored 34 points to the Cougs' 15.

Mills again filled up the score sheet for the Cougars, finishing with a season-high 35 points.

Cougars 8 27 23 15 - 73

Bulldogs 21 27 16 35 - 99

Lyle-Wishram scoring: Mills 34, Billette 14, DaSean Leslie 8, Jarren Leslie 5, Carlock 4, Montoya 3, Osterander 3, Quintero 1, Miller 1.

Up next

Jaryd Cline

Goldendale senior Conner Doubravsky snags a rebound during last Wednesday's game in Lyle.

The Timberwolves host the Columbia (White Salmon) Bruins on Thursday at 3 p.m. The game was originally set for 7 p.m. but all games were moved to earlier in the day.

Goldendale then is off until school is back in session. They have two straight home games on Jan. 5 and 6, taking the court against Cle Elum and Naches respectively.

The Cougars host Soap Lake on Friday starting at 6:30 p.m. and are of until Jan. 5 when they take on Sunnyside Christian.


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